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The military has sent a warning to Nigerians calling for a coup over the hardship in the country.

Nigeria is facing an unprecedented economic crisis, causing protests in different parts of the country.

Some Nigerians have said if things do not return to normal, the military could remove the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led government.

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa, in his reaction to the assumption, said those making such comments did not mean well for the country, warning that the law would catch up with them.

Musa said the Armed Forces would stop protecting the country’s democracy.

He said this while responding to questions from journalists soon after he commissioned the main entrance of the 6 Division, Nigerian Army and Officers Transit Accommodation, both at the Division Headquarters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital.

He admitted that the country is experiencing some challenges; he, however, said calling the military to take over was improper because nations achieve more and develop faster under a democracy.

He said, “Whoever is making that call (coup) does not love Nigeria. We want to make it very clear that the Armed Forces of Nigeria are here to protect democracy. We all want democracy, and we do better under democracy. And so we will continue to support democracy. And any of those ones that are calling for anything other than Democracy are evil people, and I think they don’t mean well for Nigeria.

“And they should be very careful because the law will come after them. We can see that with democracy, a lot of things are happening in Nigeria. Yes, we are going through trying periods; I mean, in life, nothing is one hundred per cent.”

He urged Nigerians to be patient and give their support to the government to succeed and put the enemies of the state to shame.

He added, “Everybody goes through a trying period in life, and it is what you do with them. You can see the government putting efforts to ensure we come out better. And it is when you go through difficulties and come out better you will really appreciate what it is to build a nation. And so we are going through our trying period, but I can assure Nigerians that it will get better.

“All we need is for all of us to put our hands together to ensure that we defeat those enemies of the government, those enemies of this country that don’t want us to succeed. We will surely succeed, and the Armed Forces are here to support the Government in ensuring that we develop, succeed, and see that there is peace in Nigeria.”

 

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